A second-year pro for 2015, Montgomery is signed for ’15 after spending all of the 2014 season on the Bengals’ practice squad ... Entered the NFL in 2013 with the Houston Texans and spent time on the Texans’ roster (recorded no games played); also spent time on the Oakland Raiders’ practice squad ...
A third-round draft pick by Houston, Montgomery had an impact career at Louisiana State.
Career transactions: Selected by Houston in third round of 2013 NFL Draft (95th overall) ... Signed with Texans on 5-23-13 ... Waived by Texans on 10-21-13 ... Signed to Oakland practice squad on 12-18-13 ... Released from Raiders practice squad on 12-21-13 ... Signed with Cincinnati as a free agent on 4-11-14 ... Contract terminated by Bengals on 8-30-14 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad on 8-31-14 ... Signed to Bengals roster on 1-23-15.
2014 recap: Signed with Bengals in April as free agent ... Played in all four preseason games, with seven tackles, including one sack ... On practice squad for Games 1-16 and for Wild Card playoff.
2013: Played for Houston in preseason, and inactive on roster for regular-season Games 1-7 ... Listed by Texans as a LB, after playing DE in college ... After late October release by Houston, was signed briefly to Oakland practice squad in December.
College: Played three seasons at DE (2010-12) at LSU, helping Tigers to an overall 34-6 record and berth in 2011 BCS National Championship game (lost to Alabama) ... Had 19.0 sacks, tied for sixth in program history, in just 31 career games ... Also had 32.5 tackles-for-loss ... As a junior in 2012, earned second-team All-America honors from Sports Illustrated and Walter Camp Foundation, and was three times named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week ... First-team All-SEC selection in each of his last two seasons ... Redshirt year in 2009.
Personal: Hometown is Greenwood, S.C. ... Attended Greenwood High School, where he twice earned All-State honors ... As prep senior, named by ESPN.com as No. 2 DL prospect in the nation ... Also lettered in prep basketball ... Sports administration major at LSU.
NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: Montgomery did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2014 because he was not on a 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games.
From virtually the minute last season ended Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has been urging quarterback Andy Dalton to expand his role and on Tuesday as he watched Dalton prepare for the first voluntary practice of the spring he didn’t have to say a word. Literally.
This is why the Bengals signed veteran linebacker A.J. Hawk in free agency and why they drafted Texas Christian linebacker P.J. Dawson in the third round. Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther wants to be deep in practice as well as games.